Norwalk teacher on leave pending inquiry into relationship with student

A Norwalk teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigations into the nature of a relationship with one of her students.
Jessica Cuffman
Apr 16, 2012

A Norwalk teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigations into the nature of a relationship with one of her students.

Earlier this month, Castalia police found Alexa Nasonti, 25, seated in the front passenger seat of a vehicle belonging to a 17-year-old male student.

He was sitting in the driver's seat when police found them together in the vehicle at about 9 p.m. April 2 at Lion's Park in the village.

They told police they were talking about the boy's ex-girlfriend and "nothing was going on."

But the Erie County Sheriff's Office is reviewing hundreds of text messages exchanged between the teacher and the student in just one week, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. Officials have confirmed some of the messages do appear to be sexual in nature.

Norwalk schools also has launched its own investigation into possible school policy violations.

Superintendent Dennis Doughty said Nasonti was placed on administrative leave Monday pending the outcome of the investigation.

"We want to make sure we get to the truth and protect the students involved and go from there," he said.

Nasonti is a high school art teacher and assistant softball coach.

For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register or epaper.


Peninsula Pundit

You would think, with all the publicity text messages have been getting as far as anyone being able to go back and retrieve months' worth of them, that this form of communication would be regarded as being as private as writing them on an outhouse wall.



That old saying "Never put it in writing if you never want anyone to hold it against you" Holds true even in the digital age, People seem to over look that fact.


is the story straight? First it was reported they were in seperate cars parked beside each other???  Well???


 It's funny how schools respond and take action to situations like this but do hardly anything at all about bullying.


Sad that this seems to be happening more and more in schools around the country.

Kottage Kat

Hope somebody gets the story straight soon. How many versions are out there now between the SR & the NR someone should have the facts.         Kat


She just wasted a college education for some forbidden fruit.  I am not saying that a 17 year old doesn't know what he or she is doing in this type of relationship because they do.  If a 17 year old can be held responsible for murdering and robbing people then they also are old enough to know that they are not to date a teacher.  Many 16 and 17 year olds know exactly what they are doing but still the adult teacher does and should hold the majority of the blame because they are supposed to exercise good judgment, control, and are held to a higher standard of responsibility because they are teachers.  Like I said, she just wasted her college education if this turns out to be true.  And I bet she (both probably) is very remoseful now that she got caught.  So sad.


swiss family

 how can we expect teenages to know that there are laws  forbiding teachers and students to "inter mingle" so to speak... when a lot of the adult bloggers do not think it is a crime????



Julie R.

She doesn't look much older than 17 herself.

That said, I agree with the comment that basically said the schools take action and investigate things like this, yet they do just about nothing when it comes to bullying!  

Sarah Weber

@KottageKat and @BlueAngel

To clear up any confusion, I'm posting a PDF of the search warrant from which we got much of our information on this case. It has been redacted to protect the name of the student involved.


should the phone numbers be redacted too?


So Sarah you "redacted" the name of the student to protect him HOWEVER you printed BOTH phone numbers... So say they haven't yet changed their numbers (which obviously they will have to change now) have you ever heard of a voicemail answering and saying "hi this is......"  Is that protecting this minor???  I would put a little more thought into things before trying to act like a saint.  Another great investigative article by the Sand Dumpy Register!!!

Sarah Weber

The numbers have been redacted.


 I can still see their phone numbers, what an invasion of privacy! It is an outrage that the papers publish these kind of documents for everyone to see. What gives you the right? Desperation to sell papers is no excuse to ruin people's lives.

Kottage Kat

Thank you, Sarah. There seemed to be some confusion regarding the cars.



In one local school district you get a promotion for this type of behavior.



This is much ado about nothing.  A 17 yo knows what is up and does not need this type of protection from the school.  This use to happen at my highschool and EVERYONE knew about it and said NOTHING!  Get out of his pants and her panties!  Most men or fathers have NO problem with their 17 yo son hittin' a 25 yo woman.  You all know that is true so don't trip!


Love is like a drug.It can make you do the dumbest things.


Daddy must be proud.  Isn't he a football coach for Bellevue?  25 and career OVER.


 I hate to disappointed  you bongodog, but this isn't the Coaches very careful about what you put in print, may come back to bite you in the behind!!


They need to go back to the way it was when i was a youngster, We had 65-70 year olds that would beat us with rulers. It cut down on the intermingling between students and teachers 100%.


@ Bongo/   Don't know, but the coach has a brother, would have to be one of the two I would think....


no, her dad is NOT the head coach in Bellevue... should get your facts straight before putting it in print


Maybe we should be thankful she wasn`t a grade school teacher.


Castalia will never be the same again?   Way to go Kenny for keeping it safe!  17 going on 25 or is it 25 going on 17, that's in the worst case scenario.  What kind of absurd madness is this?  Prolly oughta lock her up for life or at a minimum make her register as a sex offender!  Puleeze!


It was inappropriate for her to be in his car at 9pm whatever they were discussing.   She's not very attractive but resorting to 17 year olds is not the answer.  I agree with Warhol.  Let's respond to the bullying problems as quickly as the inappropriate relationship ones.


My understanding is teachers are teachers 24/7, year round.  There is NO way they should meet one on one outside of the school.  She is wrong regardless of what did or did not happen.


Teachers are on moral duty 24/7 for sure. I know of one in the Cleveland area that she slugged her husband in an agrument and was charged for assult. That held up in court and she was fired from her job at the public school. All happen off duty and in the privacy of ones home but again its 24/7 on moral duty.

Its a shame for all concerned when these things happen and nobody comes out a winner.

Cracked Cherry

 You go boy!!!